Nemaha County Commission 11.08.2021

Submitted by

Mary Kay Schultejans

County Clerk

The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 8, in the Commissioner’s Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order with Chairman Gary Scoby leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Dylan Keim and Jason Koch, and County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans recording the minutes.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge/Solid Waste Supervisor Adam Kuckelman and Office Manager Kathy Haverkamp advised the board that:

• The guys are hauling rock on the Lillis Road and other roads this week.

• The bridge guys are still working on Bridge O-9 at this time.

• Kuckelman received rock bids from Hamms and Martin Marietta for 2022 that he shared with the commissioners.

• Kuckelman needed the board to sign off on the planned detour that will be used next summer when two bridges are replaced on Highway 187. The commissioners stated they would like to have County Attorney Brad Lippert review this document before they sign it.

• Kuckelman would like to hire another truck driver. The commissioners advised him to go ahead and advertise for this position.

Emergency Preparedness Director Russel Lierz advised the board that:

• There was a training held with Heinen Brothers on Oct. 28 that reviewed aviation safety.

• Lierz is putting together a list of places in the county where a helicopter could be landed. Lierz stated he will provide this list to Life Star and to area first responders in the county.

Sheriff Rich Vernon and Undersheriff Bob Cross advised the board that:

• They are currently holding nine inmates in the jail.

• They booked five individuals into the jail this past week.

• Vernon will be meeting with a representative from Treanor Architects this week about the water leakage issue that they are having at the new jail.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners conducted the canvass of votes following the Nov. 2 City/School General Election from 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

County Attorney Lippert came before the board. Lippert spoke to the commissioners about mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for businesses that have over 100 employees.

The board spoke to Lippert about meeting with SBS Insurance Agency concerning the county’s insurance policy. Lippert agreed that this meeting would need to be held in open session, but they would not need to livestream this portion of the meeting.

The commissioners reviewed and approved the minutes from the Monday, Nov. 1, meeting.

The board agreed to appoint Heaven Schuette (to replace Jane Sunderland) and Scoby (to replace Keim) to the Northeast Kansas Environmental Services Board of Directors. The commissioners signed appointment letters as presented for Schuette and Scoby.

The board agreed to approve the county grant match for the Transportation Program for 2022-23 in the amount of $93,645. The commissioners signed the letter of commitment for this grant match as presented.

The commissioners held a 15-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Present for the executive session were the commissioners, Register of Deeds Roxann Holthaus and Schultejans. The meeting returned to open session with no action taken by the board following the executive session.

Schultejans announced that Amanda Sudbeck in her office is resigning her position effective Nov. 20. Holthaus announced that she has hired Sudbeck to fill the open position in her office effective Nov. 21. Sudbeck will remain at the same pay level ($17.71 per hour) when she begins work in the Register of Deeds Office.

The next regularly scheduled meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 15. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.


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